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Riverside Police Officer Michael Crain Shot and Killed in the Line of Duty

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Riverside Police Officer Michael Crain has been identified as the officer that was allegedly shot and killed by Christopher Jordan Dorner. Officer Crain and his partner were ambushed as they were stopped at a red light at the intersection of Magnolia Avenue and Arlington Avenue at about 1:30 am. Dorner allegedly opened fire on their patrol car, fatally wounding Officer Crain and severely wounding his partner.Citing safety concerns, Riverside police continued to withhold the name of the officer who was seriously wounded, but survived the alleged attack.

The officers were ambushed by an ex-Los Angeles Police Department officer who had been fired in 2008. Several days earlier the subject had murdered the daughter, and her fiance, of an Los Angeles Police captain who had been involved in the personnel review that led to his firing. The subject then posted an online manifesto admitting to the murders and stated he would seek revenge on other officials involved with his personnel review and dismissal from the department.

Shortly before Officer Crain and his partner were shot, the subject shot and wounded a Los Angeles police officer in Corona who was on a protective detail as a result of the threats made by the subject.

Suspect Dorner remains at large.

Officer Crain was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Riverside Police Department for 11 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

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